Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder is not difficult to get across the line, according to Skill Challenge Entertainment’s Head of Boxing.
The Saudi Arabian company have been in discussions with each camp to make the fight for the end of the year, and also have a keen interest in staging the undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Speaking to IFL TV, Amer Abdallah said that Joshua-Wilder was the first choice.
“The fight between AJ and Deontay would be a massive fight for boxing. With respect to all the other fights there – even the undisputed fight which holds tremendous value – but I think the intrigue from Deontay-AJ … it’s the fight that everybody wants to see.”
Abdallah went on to say that Saudi’s plans were ‘of course’ going to involve Joshua, who has fought there twice now in his rematches with Andy Ruiz Jr and Oleksandr Usyk.
The Head of Boxing also signalled a good relationship with Wilder, meaning that not much stands in the way of putting pen to paper.
“There’s ongoing talks for a couple of different initiatives, and of course AJ is the head of that bill. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has embraced AJ as one of their own.”
“If that fight can happen and come to fruition, where everything aligned in terms of the terms, the date, the venues, then great we can make that fight happen.”
“Wilder’s team – Shelly I have a great relationship with, Deontay I have a great relationship with. Deontay came to the Kingdom for the Paul-Fury fight, and loved being there. We stay in constant communication.
So that’s an easy fight to make, it’s not a difficult fight to make.”
Both Joshua and Wilder have confirmed that it’s what they’re looking at for December, and there’s a general feeling of optimism from fans this time around for a fight that has been historically doomed.
Perhaps it’s the circumstances each man finds himself in that they see no other option, or, more likely, it’s the money on the table.